Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana
Wolvserpent have been kicking around the Pacific Northwest for a few years now, but honestly, I’m not really familiar with them. It could be that they were under my radar or it could be that they got lost in the mix of bands with the words wolf and serpent in their names, but regardless, I’m glad to have finally heard them with their latest release, “Perigaea Antahkarana.”
The album kicks off with “A Breath in the Shade of Time”, which is a little over twenty three minute of neo-classical drone and monotone angelic vocals. Next up is the ambient piece, “Threshold Gateway”, which sounds as if you’re sitting in the dark woods with a small fire cracking nearby, with crows cawing around you; it’s pretty ominous, if not a little unnerving. “Concealed Among the Roots and Soil” starts with a slow, doomy intro and heavy, guttural vocals before picking things up a little around the six and half minute mark. It’s a seventeen plus minute dirge that ends with us back in the forest by the fire. Next, the hypnotic, repetitive riffs of “Within the Light of Fire” pull the listener into a trance lasts throughout its sixteen minutes of droning doom. The album closes with the neo-classical drone and doom of “In Mirrors of Water.”
At eighty some minutes, this is a dense records, but it never feels like it. While it moves along at funeral procession speeds, it’s never a challenge. From beginning to end, “Perigaea Antahkarana” is a cohesive masterpiece.
“Perigaea Antahkarana” is available at Relapse Records.